After Math: Every robot was parkour fighting

What a week it's been! Between Google's Pixel 3 event, the lucky landing by the Soyuz crew, and Facebook's latest data breach, it feels like we almost didn't have time to talk about Waymo's self-driving cars, Amazon's new line of picker bots and Bost...

Goodbye Google+, you beautiful squandered opportunity

When Google+ launched in 2011 people were already fed up with Facebook -- and Google was still cool. After Plus' closed invite garnered significant consumer desire, everyone's hopeful "Facebook killer" nabbed a sweet 300 million active monthly users...

Facebook’s two-factor ad practices give middle finger to infosec

We've all encountered security questions asking where we went to school, our favorite color or food, first concert and the ubiquitous "mother's maiden name." Imagine a world where on one screen you carefully chose Stanford, red, spaghetti, and so on,...

After Math: Hello Darkness, my old friend

Well, this week lasted years. While we weren't being bludgeoned by the cantankerous Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, we were learning about how 50 million Facebook users had their accounts hacked, that Elon Musk is being sued by the SEC for his Twitt...

Silicon Valley’s Brett Kavanaugh problem

As we steel ourselves to careen numbly toward whatever new horrors lay in store with Trump, his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, and the conservative politicians willing to help them, it's impossible not to contemplate how deep and depraved the cu...

After Math: To infinity… and Taiwan!

Apparently, this was the week to shoot for the Moon, in some ways more literally than others. SpaceX announced on Monday that it'd found its first Guinea Pi- I mean "paying customer" for a slingshot sightseeing trip around the far edge of la luna and...

FCC’s Ajit Pai labels California net neutrality law ‘illegal’

FCC head honcho, Ajit Pai, didn't mince words in comments regarding California's recent passing of a tough net neutrality bill. In his keynote speech for neoconservative policy organization Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai called California's SB 822...

If Amazon wants Alexa everywhere, it needs better language support

I can't profess to fully understand all of the complexities of localizing services for various languages, nuances, accents and dialects -- let alone where voice recognition is concerned. However, with Amazon's Alexa ambitions ramping up after its har...